Sportfishing Industry Association appoints Pacific Fisheries Policy Director

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The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) has announced that Larry Phillips joined the ASA as Director of Pacific Fisheries Policy. Phillips most recently served as the Director of Region 6 for the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW). He is based in Olympia, WA.

“I am pleased to welcome Larry to ASA’s Government Affairs team,” said Mike Leonard, ASA’s Vice President of Government Affairs. “Larry is widely respected throughout the Pacific Northwest and was a leader with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. I am confident that the relationships he has nurtured in Washington and throughout the West Coast can help ASA meet the challenges of the region.

Phillips has over 20 years of experience working for WDFW. As Director of Region 6, he managed ocean fishing policy issues, worked to improve public access to fishing, and helped implement state laws and federal regulations related to fishing. He also managed the fisheries found in the state’s lakes, reservoirs, rivers, and streams.

Phillips began his career at WDFW as a fish biologist, conducting fish population assessments and estimating salmon and rainbow trout numbers in inland waters. He also served on the Pacific Fishery Management Council representing Washington State as a member of the highly migratory species management team.

“I am honored to join ASA’s Government Affairs team,” said Phillips. “For nearly 90 years, the ASA has been a leader in promoting healthy fishing and expanding public access to fishing. I look forward to continuing this mission and advancing ASA policy priorities across the Pacific Rim.

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